Ukrainian dispatch: “It’s really incredible that we have war in our hometown” – JURIST

Law students and young lawyers in Ukraine file a complaint with JURIST about the latest developments in that country as it defends itself against the Russian invasion. Here, a law student from VN Karazin Kharkiv National University describes her escape from the city on Thursday after the first news of the Russian invasion reached her. The text has been very slightly modified to preserve the voice of our correspondent.

On February 24 at 5:30 in the morning, I woke up because of a phone call from my friend. She said to me: “it happened, pack your bags and leave the city…” I heard that she was crying while saying these words to me, because it is really incredible that we have war in our hometown, where we were born, went to school, had our first love and all the other sweet memories.

My family packed their luggage, we sat in the car and started our long journey to a quiet place. While we were in a traffic game, explosions sounded everywhere. We were driving day and night, the connection was unstable so sometimes we couldn’t even call each other. There was a big problem finding a patrol, huge queues at all gas stations. But there were also queues at banks and pharmacies.

In Kharkov [itself] people hide in subway stations and tunnels, information about bomb shelters was immediately shared. The most terrible thing that people actually need…there are a lot of dangers out there. They said the soldiers wouldn’t touch the dormitories, but today residential buildings were set on fire. They said it was a peace mission, but people are dying because of it.

Why do we have countless losses while protecting our home? Why do we have to do this in the 21st century?

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